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Research and news about Africa

French perspectives on Africa: Africa4

If you are interested in French perspectives on Africa, have a look at the new blog I have co-founded for the French newspaper Libération. Africa4 is a blog written by two journalists and two historians who want to share their ideas … Continue reading

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Call for Papers: Intelligence in a Colonial Context

I am the co-editor of a future book on intelligence in a colonial context. If you are interested in contributing, read our call for papers below and send me an abstract to vincent.hiribarren@kcl.ac.uk.    Call for papers: Intelligence in a … Continue reading

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Postcards of French West Africa (1900-1960)

Last November, I went to Senegal to teach on a course taught at the Ecole des Bibliothécaires, Archivistes et Documentalistes (EBAD) where I came across a CD entitled “Images et Colonies” containing a collection of ca. 1500 postcards of French West Africa published between … Continue reading

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Timeline of Colonial Algeria

The interactive timeline below is a selection of events which took place when Algeria was a French colony (1830-1962). I have used it in class to teach a French undergraduate module on the Algerian War of independence (University of Leeds, … Continue reading

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Film review: Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom

If you don’t know what to do this week-end, go and watch Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom. It’s really worth it! I have just written a review for the official website of BBC History Magazine, HistoryExtra.com: http://www.historyextra.com/feature/historian-movies-mandela-long-walk-freedom-reviewed Vincent Hiribarren

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Anti-Apartheid in Exile: Digital Humanities and Oral History

It’s launch day for Anti-Apartheid In Exile: Alfred Hutchinson’s Road to Ghana ! Over the last few months Nicholas Grant and I have been developing this interactive online map to tell the story of the ANC activist Alfred Hutchinson, who in 1958 illegally left apartheid … Continue reading

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What do African countries’ names mean?

Interested in a nonsensical map of Africa? Have a look at this map displaying a translation of each African country’s name. This picture is only a screen capture of an interactive map I have created. You can see the full version here … Continue reading

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‘Mastering the River Niger: James MacQueen’s Map of Africa and the Struggle over Atlantic Slavery’ (Review of David Lambert’s presentation on the 13th February 2013)

This post is a review of the seminar given by David Lambert on James MacQueen’s Map of Africa (University of Leeds, 13 February 2013). David Lambert presented a fascinating analysis of the influences upon James MacQueen’s geographical imagination of the River … Continue reading

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‘Identifying with War: A Historical Appraisal of Child Combatants in African Conflicts, c.1950-2010′ (Review of Stacey Hynd’s presentation on the 13th March 2013)

This post is a review of the seminar given by Stacey Hynd on African child combatants (University of Leeds, 13 March 2013). Hynd’s paper tackled a range of disparities between the humanitarian narrative of the child soldier and the actuality … Continue reading

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Nigeria, a Russian website and Chinua Achebe (1930-2013)

I think it was on a Russian website a few years ago. I am not so sure. I knew I wanted to study Nigeria and I didn’t know where to start. I googled “Nigeria” and found a series of texts … Continue reading

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